Booking Hotel Accommodation
You’ve decided where you want to go on holiday…now you need to find somewhere to stay!
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to booking your hotel. What’s your budget? Do you want to pay more to stay in the city centre, or are you happy staying further away to save a little money? Do you want to treat yourself to a luxury hotel, or something more affordable? Are you travelling alone, or do you need accommodation for more people? It’s a lot to think about!
Whether you book your hotel online, talk to someone on the phone, or book a room at the hotel in person, there is some key vocabulary you need to know.
Here are some dialogues to give you some examples of what to ask for when you book a hotel room.
A: Good afternoon, Spring Palm Hotel. How may I help you?
B: Good afternoon, I’d like to book a room from September 8th.
A: How many nights would you like to stay?
B: 4 nights, please.
A: What kind of room would you like? We have double rooms or single rooms.
B: I’d like a double room, please.
A: How many guests will be staying.
B: It’s only me, so just one.
A: Good morning, sir. How can I help you?
B: I’d like to book a room for my family, please.
A: How many people are in your family?
B: There are four of us. My wife, two kids and myself.
A: We have some excellent family rooms with one double bed and two single beds.
B: That sounds perfect.
A: How long would you like to stay?
B: Just two nights, please. Tonight and tomorrow night.
A: Good evening, Hamilton Towers Hotel. How can I help you?
B: My friend and I would like to book a hotel room, please.
A: Certainly. When would you like to stay with us?
B: From the 12th -19th of July.
A: That’s no problem. What kind of room would you like?
B: A twin room, please.
A. Ah. Unfortunately we don’t have any twin rooms available for those nights. How about a double room with a sofa bed.
B: Yes, that’s a good alternative.
We’ve covered the different types of hotel room, but there are other things that you may want to consider asking when you book your room.
If you are hiring a car at your destination or bringing your own car with you, you can ask if the hotel has a car park for guests to use.
Some hotels offer breakfast that is included in the price of your hotel room. Other hotels serve breakfast, but it costs extra. It’s a good idea to ask when you book your room if breakfast is included.
If your hotel is near the sea, you may want to ask for a room with a ‘sea view’. Or if your hotel is in the countryside, perhaps you would prefer to have a room with a ‘garden view’. Rooms with nicer views are sometimes more expensive, so it depends on your own personal preference if you want to specify a room with a view.
Some hotels have leisure facilities like a swimming pool or gym, as well as other activities for their guests. If you like to exercise, you can ask what the facilities are, when they are open and if they cost any extra.
If convenience is one of your priorities when choosing a hotel, you can ask how long it takes to get from the airport to the hotel. You can also ask how long it takes to get to the city centre and which public transport services to use.